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Giroud overhead kick edges Arsenal past Red Star

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Arsenal were struggling to cope with the pace in the Serbians’ attack and Cech was forced into a low save to deny Nemanja Radonjic before half-time.The visitors started the second period with more urgency, as Giroud fired over and Walcott saw his shot smothered by Borjan after being released by Wilshere’s through ball.Arsenal were given a great chance of snatching all three points when home defender Rodic was given a second yellow card with 10 minutes to play.The Londoners took it in style with a wonderful goal, as Wilshere’s clever flick was turned across goal by Walcott for Giroud to send an overhead kick spinning into the top corner.Italian Serie A high-flyers Lazio came from behind to win 3-1 at Nice.Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Nice in the fourth minute, after announcing the birth of his son Lion earlier this week, only for Felipe Caicedo to equalise seconds later.The Italian capital-city side took top spot in Group K as midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a second-half brace.Real Sociedad bounced back from their 3-1 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg last time out with a 6-0 thrashing of Vardar in Macedonia as Brazilian Willian Jose scored four goals in 25 minutes.The La Liga outfit are second in Group L, three points behind Zenit after Roberto Mancini’s Russians saw off Rosenborg 3-1.Athletic Bilbao, Europa League runners-up to Atletico Madrid in 2012, are third in Group J on only two points after being held to a 2-2 draw at Swedish club Ostersund, despite a late leveller from Inaki Williams.Swiss outfit Lugano picked up their first ever group-stage points in a European competition with a 3-2 victory over Czechs Viktoria Plzen in Group G, while Marseille warmed up for Sunday’s clash with arch-rivals Paris Saint-Germain by beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1. Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Red Star made a bright start, but it was Arsenal winger Theo Walcott who saw the game’s first real chance saved by the legs of Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan.The inexperienced away defenders were lucky not to concede in the 26th minute when Richmond Boakye headed onto the crossbar when unmarked at a corner.center_img Paris, France | AFP |  Olivier Giroud scored a fantastic late winner as Arsenal edged to their third straight Europa League win by beating 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in Serbia on Thursday.Arsene Wenger’s men rode their luck at times in an uninspiring performance, before Giroud struck in the 85th minute after Red Star had seen Milan Rodic sent off.The Premier League side stay top of Group H, five points clear of Red Star, while Cologne remained pointless after losing 1-0 at BATE Borisov.“I said yesterday in our press conference I don’t think anyone can question our character, we showed that tonight,” midfielder Jack Wilshere told arsenal.com.“You know it’s a tough place to come. I don’t think they’ve lost here this season, we knew that before the game and we knew that they were going to be up for it.“The boss said at half-time… ‘just keep playing because spaces are opening up’, and they did.”Wenger made sweeping changes to his team with Sunday’s Premier League visit to Everton in mind.Only goalkeeper Petr Cech remained from the starting XI that lost 2-1 at Watford last weekend, as injury-plagued French right-back Mathieu Debuchy made his first start for the club in 11 months.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED SMOKEY IMAGE CRUISES TO 8 ½ LENGTH SCORE IN $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY; ESPINOZA & GAINES TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILES WIN IN 1:43.49

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–Unbeaten Smokey Image, in his first try around two turns, annihilated six California-bred rivals en route to a 8 ½ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza and trained for the first time Carla Gaines, the California-bred colt by Southern Image got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.49 and no-doubt stamped himself a ticket to the Kentucky Derby trail in his next start.Breaking from post position two, Smokey Image easily out-footed Glory Bound to the first turn and set comfortable fractions of 23.49, 47.48 and 1:11.63.“He reminds me of California Chrome!” said Espinoza. “I was expecting him to run a big race today. I worked him the other day and he worked unbelievably. I was very impressed. For me, I don’t look at it like Cal-bred or not. I just look at him and ask where he has potential…The way he ran today, he showed me that he can go the distance and he showed me that he can run with any horse, Cal-bred or not…Hopefully, I can get my next (fourth) Kentucky Derby.”Off at 2-5, Smokey Image paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10.“It looks like he did two turns well, right?” said Gaines, who took over training Smokey Image from Northern California-based Greg James following his most recent win at Del Mar on Oct. 30. “My first impression was that he was just a very, very nice horse. You know what? Greg James and his assistant, Mary, did a tremendous job with this horse. Really, I just took over the reins.”Owned by Betty Irvin’s Irvin Racing Stable, Smokey Image, who is out of the Free House mare, Special Smoke, notched his perfect sixth win and picked up $137,500 for the win, increasing his earnings to $435,100.“We’ll evaluate the calendar and see what he’s ready for, but certainly his performance today indicated we might have something more special,” said Irvin’s daughter, Diane Irvin, who serves as her racing manager. “After my dad passed (last year), I took over.”Tough It Out, who was ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, rallied from last to be second, finishing 6 ¼ lengths in front of Xingontothebone. Off at 8-1, Tough It Out paid $5.40 and $3.80.Xingontothebone, who was caught four wide going into the first turn, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Glory Bound. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, “Xing” paid $4.80 to show.last_img read more

Brazil star Ronaldinho look-alike fools Lionel Messi and Argentina team at training session

first_imgBrazil football star Ronaldinho at a training session of Argetina. Well, that is what Lionel Messi and his teammates must have thought when a pitch invader, who looked like Ronaldinho, disrupted a training session of the team at Estadio Independencia stadium in Belo Horizonte.Messi and Co. were on Wednesday preparing for their opening group game against Bosnia on Sunday, when the intruder wearing a Atletico Miniero jersey, Ronaldinho’s club, interrupted proceedings, reported Goal.com.The Argentine team were taken by surprise and were seen laughing before the fan was whisked away by security officials. This was not the first and nor the last incident. More than a dozen fans soon after invaded the pitch, with one of them kneeling down in front of Messi and shining the Argentine captain’s boots. Argentina will also play Iran and Nigeria in Group F. (With IANS inputslast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan power India into semi-finals

first_imgDefending champions India here on Sunday rode on a superb display by their bowlers to thump South Africa by eight wickets and become the first team from Group B to enter the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament.Disciplined Indian bowling dismissed world top-ranked ODI team South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs despite a good start from the latter at The Oval. India chased down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare and entered the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy for the fifth time.WATCH VIDEOThis win took India’s points tally to four points, while South Africa, with only two points from three matches, were eliminated.In the semi-finals, India will meet Bangladesh on June 15. The other semi-finalist from Group B will be the victor of Monday’s match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka — both have two points each. The winner will meet England in the other last-four contest.The match between India and South Africa was a must-win for both. In the big match, while India delivered under pressure, South Africa wilted in the testing situation.Opener Quinton de Kock was the highest scorer for South Africa with 53 runs from 72 balls. Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each to get the plaudits.Asked to bat, South Africa were off to a slow but steady start with openers de Kock and Hashim Amla (35) adding 35 runs in the first 10 overs.They jacked up the run rate in subsequent overs as the Indian bowlers struggled to get going.advertisementStar off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the break-through for India when Amla mistimed a cut and Mahendra Singh Dhoni displayed lighting quick reflexes to glove the top edge. The opening partnership of 76 runs came off 17.3 overs.Faf du Plesis (36) joined Quinton in the middle and they made 40 runs in 41 balls. Ravindra Jadeja struck the second blow for India when he knocked back Quinton’s off-stump.Quinton’s dismissal saw the Indian bowlers starting to dominate proceedings as the rest of the South African batsmen displayed poor shot selection at times.Two quick run-out dismissals — of AB de Villiers (16) and David Miller (1) in the 29th and 30th overs, respectively — saw South Africa reduced to 142/4.De Villiers was run out when he ran for a single for du Plessis but a throw from Hardik Pandya at the wicket-keeper caught him short of the crease. The second dismissal was a clear case pf pressure resulting in confusion as both Miller and du Plessis ended at the wicket-keeper’s end after the former hurried for a run when the latter hit one straight into the hands of Bumrah at short third-man.Later, Bumrah accounted for Chris Morris (4) and Andile Phehlukwayo (4), while Bhuvneshwar removed Kagiso Rabada (5) and Morne Morkel (0) to floor the South Africans.The target of 192 was not one that much bothered India. Shikhar Dhawan continued his fine run in the tournament with a 78, while Virat Kohli remained not out on 76.After opening batsman Rohit Sharma (12) fell to paceman Morkel, Dhawan and Kohli shared a second-wicket stand of 128 in 24.3 overs to hand India a comfortable victory. Yuvraj Singh contributed an unbeaten 23 towards late in the chase.last_img read more

This LEGO Recreation Of 2015 Michigan-Michigan State Final Play Is Incredible

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)What is better than re-watching the famous final play of the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game? Re-watching it in the form of a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation.Jared Jacobs, a 38-year-old man from Idaho, unveiled a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation on his Instagram account this week. Jacobs’ miniature players re-enact the last play of the 2015 game, when Spartan DB Jalen Watts-Jackson picked up a muffed snap by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill and raced to the end zone for the win.“I wanted to make it really detailed, even down to the bricks in the background,” Jacobs told the Detroit Free-Press. “It took awhile to accumulate that much LEGO.”Here is the final result, which the Free-Press estimated took 40-50 hours to produce.:Since Jacobs debuted his recreation, it has gone viral. It even made an appearance on Sportscenter.He didn’t just recreate UM-MSU either. Jacobs also unveiled a LEGO rendition of BYU’s Hail Mary against Nebraska.Jacobs’ work contains amazing attention to detail. We can’t wait to see what the 2016 college football season has in store for him.last_img read more

HBC withholding info in deceptivepricing probe Competition Commissioner says

first_imgTORONTO – The Commissioner of Competition has accused Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) of possibly withholding tens of thousands of documents in a case of alleged deceptive pricing practices, but the department store chain said the commissioner’s request is irrelevant and too broad.The commissioner filed a request to the Competition Tribunal to require HBC to produce documents related to its pricing practices of mattress and box spring sets, as well as other products from February 2015 until now.The request asked the tribunal to strike HBC’s response from the record should it fail to produce the documents within 10 days.HBC responded by asking the tribunal to dismiss the commissioner’s motion on the basis that the documents from the time frame are not relevant and the request for that many documents within 10 days is too broad, unreasonable and unrealistic.HBC said it would be a considerable burden to comply and the company has already spent more than US$425,000 to gather 37,000 documents from different dates for the commissioner.In February, the Competition Bureau accused the department store chain of misleading consumers over sleep set prices since at least March 2013 — a claim HBC disputes. The proceedings are ongoing.“We take compliance with all laws and regulations very seriously, and we believe our mattress pricing process is fair, competitive and in line with industry standards and the Competition Act,” HBC said in a statement.last_img read more

Lighter load Laundry detergents shrink for Amazon

first_imgNEW YORK — Amazon’s rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink.Soap makers Tide and Seventh Generation have introduced redesigned laundry detergents that are several pounds lighter by cutting down on plastic in their packaging and using less water in their formulas. They’re making the changes to please Amazon and other online stores: Lighter packaging means retailers will pay less to ship the detergent to shopper’s doorsteps, making each sale more profitable.For consumers, the new packaging has been designed to better survive shipping without leaking. The challenge, however, is getting online shoppers to buy detergent that looks nothing like the heavy bottles they are used to.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img

Taapsee Bhumi start shooting for Saand Ki Aankh

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actores Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar have started shooting for their upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh. Taapsee recently tweeted an image from the film and captioned it: “Jai mata di. Let’s shoot.” Bhumi shared the same photograph and wrote: “Jai Mata Di. Let’s shoot Saand Ki Aankh… coming soon.” Saand Ki Aaankh is based on old sharpshooters – Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. The film Saand Ki Aankh is directed by Tushar Hiranandani.last_img

Fix to 737 MAX antistall software is ready Industry sources

first_imgNew York: A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes. Boeing was due to present the patch to officials and pilots of US airlines — American, Southwest and United — in Renton, Washington state, where the plane is assembled, other sources said. “Boeing has already finalized the necessary corrective measures for the MAX,” an aviation sector source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will receive the patch “early next week,” a government source added. Asked how long the certification process could take after the patch is in the hands of the authorities, this source said that nothing has been decided yet. The FAA declined to comment. The Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October and another accident this month involving an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which killed 346 people between them, have raised major concerns about the safety certification of the 737 MAX 8 model. The Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 led to the global grounding of 737 MAX planes. Although it will take months to determine the exact cause of both crashes, investigators in the Lion case have honed in on the MCAS automated anti-stalling system designed to point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift. American Airlines and Southwest pilots were set to test simulators with the updates on Saturday, according to the sources. Boeing neither confirmed nor denied the information. The FAA had given until April for Boeing to make the necessary changes to the critical anti-stall system, and on March 15 two anonymous industry sources told AFP the upgrade would be ready in about 10 days. A spokesman for United Airlines, whose fleet includes 14 of the 737 MAX 9 planes, confirmed the company’s attendance at the training session. Southwest and its SWAPA pilots union “have subject matter experts from our Technical Pilot Team and Training Teams headed to Boeing to review documentation and training associated with the modification to the B737 speed trim system,” a spokeswoman said. The company is one of the biggest 737 MAX 8 customers, owning 34 of the planes. “We’ve been working diligently and in close cooperation with the FAA on the software update. We are taking a comprehensive and careful approach to design, develop and test the software that will ultimately lead to certification,” a Boeing spokeswoman said. “There will be training provided by Boeing.” In addition to the software modification, the industry sources said Boeing has also finalized updates to its flight and pilots’ training manuals, as the FAA asked. “We have been engaging with all 737 MAX operators and we are continuing to schedule meetings to share information about our plans for supporting the 737 MAX fleet,” the Boeing spokeswoman said, declining to confirm the timeline for the changes. In another modification, the 737 MAX will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system, an industry source told AFP on Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. Neither the Lion Air aircraft nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet had the feature, the industry source said. US and Ethiopian authorities have said this month’s crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 near Addis Ababa bore “similarities” to last year’s Lion Air crash. Since the Ethiopian crash, pressure has intensified on Boeing and the image of the company — which also makes combat aircraft and space equipment — has been eroded. Share value of the firm, which says it is the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer, has dropped 12 percent since the accident, wiping out 28 billion in market capitalization Boeing and the FAA are under investigation by the Transportation Department over how the rollout of the jet was handled, including the anti-stall system. The acting FAA head is among transport officials who are to testify on Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee. Questioning is likely to focus on tight links between Boeing and the regulators, who maintain offices in the airplane factories and delegated a large part of the certification process for the 737 MAX and its anti-stall system to employees of Boeing, sources said. Press reports say that the Department of Justice has also opened a criminal investigation into the 737 MAX’s development. Ralph Nader, the veteran US consumer protection advocate who lost a relative in the Ethiopia crash, called Friday for an organization to defend passengers’ rights.last_img read more